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Disabled facilities to get £660k boost

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People who have a disability and live in private housing are reminded they could be eligible for help with home adaptations.

Dudley Council bosses have confirmed that the authority has received an additional £661,000 of Government funding for its borough-wide Disabled Facilities Grant.

Every year the grant already helps hundreds of people living independently in privately owned or privately rented homes who are struggling with every day activities due to a long-term condition or disability.

The grant can contribute towards alteration costs for home improvements such as level access showers, ramps, domestic lifts and extensions to provide access for safe bathing and sleeping.

People who think they may benefit can receive a referral following an Occupational Therapist assessment to determine what works are necessary.

Grants are subject to a mandatory financial assessment and those who are eligible can apply for a grant to meet the cost of their adaptation. Help is available throughout the process.

The additional funding follows successful delivery of the current £5.1m annual programme across the borough.

Councillor Keiran Casey, cabinet member for housing and residents welfare, said:

We care passionately about the welfare of local residents, so we are very pleased we will be able to use this additional funding to help more people with disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes.
This funding supplements our ongoing annual budget and will allow us to continue our successful delivery of the grant programme.”

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